AMD announced the new Tonga-based Radeon R9 285 last week, but now AIB partners are showing off their new Radeon R9 285-based GPUs, with Sapphire unveiling not one, but three new models based on the new GPU.
The three new models include the R9 285 ITX Compact OC edition, made specifically for small form factor PCs, as it sports a much shorter PCB that measures just 171mm long. It has a single fan, which should keep the noise levels down, and its core clock of 928MHz and memory clock of 1375MHz should pack quite the performance punch in its small footprint.
Sapphire's R9 285 Dual-X features two aerofoil fans, and a "set of graduated sizes of heat pipes". We have 2GB of GDDR5 RAM clocked at 1375MHz, 1792 Stream processors all clocked at 918MHz. The R9 285 OC model cranks things up slightly, with an increase of clock speed to 965MHz, and a slight increase of the RAM to 1400MHz. All three models support AMD's Eyefinity multi-monitor technology, and AMD's Crossfire multi-GPU technology.
Just when you thought your 4TB HDD was huge, Seagate goes and announces the new 8TB drive for your storage needs. Seagate's new 8TB HDDs are the world's first 8TB HDD, providing "scale-out data infrastructures with supersized-capacity, energy-efficiency and the lowest total cost of ownership (TCO) in the industry for cloud content, object storage and back-up disaster recovery storage."
"As our world becomes more mobile, the number of devices we use to create and consume data is driving an explosive growth in unstructured data. This places increased pressure on cloud builders to look for innovative ways to build cost-effective, high capacity storage for both private and cloud-based data centers," said Scott Horn, Seagate vice president of marketing. "Seagate is poised to address this challenge by offering the world's first 8TB HDD, a ground-breaking new solution for meeting the increased capacities needed to support the demand for high capacity storage in a world bursting with digital creation, consumption and long-term storage."
Seagate's new 8TB HDD leverages the popular SATA 6Gbps interface, which provides a cost-effective way of seriously upgrading the storage inside of your system. Seagate is shipping the 8TB drives out to "select customers" now, with wide availability next quarter.
Swann Security unveiled the Digital Wireless Security System, a camera and monitor utilizing motion triggered recording, designed to be a plug and play wireless surveillance system. The $249.99 system is available at HH Greg, B&H, Meijer and Petra.
The camera is 720p and can record video up to 165 feet away, able to record during daytime or nighttime using 20 infrared LEDs. The system can record audio up to 16 feet away, with owners able to receive updates to smartphones or tablets if the motion sensors are triggered.
"We continuously listen to user feedback, developing new products based on our customers' needs," said Jeremy Steweart, Swann Global Marketing VP, in a press statement. "More and more, consumers want to manage their own home security, whether it's setting up their own security systems or monitoring them remotely. The Swann Digital Wireless Security System provides these advantages while also enhancing technology, resulting in a truly exceptional product."
Iran TV, a state-sponsored TV broadcast channel, reportedly showed images of an Israeli drone that the Revolutionary Guard shot down. The Iranian broadcast identified the drone as a Hermes 450, a medium size UAV designed for longer duration endurance missions.
The drone was shot down over the weekend and there are no visible markings to signify it is an Israeli aircraft, but Iranian military officials say the aircraft belongs to Israel. The drone reportedly also didn't last fly in Israeli airspace before trying to head to the uranium enrichment facility in Natanz, around 150 miles south of Tehran.
Iran is negotiating with the western world about its nuclear ambitions, which the U.S. and other nations say is designed to develop a nuclear weapon. Not surprisingly, Iran denies the claims, stating its ambitions are for medical research and energy generation, not weapons development.
Heading to Disney in the future? Don't be surprised if you see drones flying overhead, as the company recently filed multiple patents to use drones in its amusement parks. It seems Disney wants to substitute drone-assisted shows for fireworks or large light shows, providing customers with a new experience.
Disney recently filed three patents for drone use, including a multi-drone projection screen system, possible overhead light displays, and drones attached to puppets or balloons to give them motion capabilities. The drones would be controllable from the ground, but would be pre-programmed and have synchronization to avoid contact with one another while in the air.
Drone use by militaries and governments seem to get the most attention, but there is a booming market for civilians and private sector companies trying to expand their capabilities. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is currently working on commercial drone laws, as more private sector companies want to use small drones for commercial purposes.
Hardware manufacturer Intel has unveiled a 3G modem slightly bigger than a penny, hoping the tiny device will become popular among connected Internet of Things (IoT) devices. Promoted as the world's smallest standalone 3G modem, the Intel XMM 6255 uses the Intel Power Transceiver technology, so the 3G modem also includes power management and a power amplifier on a single chip.
The XMM 6255 chip could be used in smartwatches and other wearables, along with IoT home appliances that require wireless connectivity.
"Devices with a small form factor like a smartwatch or a sensor may not have enough space for a normal-sized 3G antenna, which can affect connectivity quality and reliability," Intel noted in a blog post. "The XMM 6255 modem is specifically designed for such devices and delivers great 3G connectivity even with small volume antennas not meeting conventional mobile phone quality standards."
The United States Navy and Lockheed Martin are moving forward with Fortis exoskeleton testing, but the government contractor hopes to see its technology adopted in the commercial world. Lockheed started research and development on the Iron Man-style suit more than five years ago, and it's moving along nicely.
"We are pleased that once again a technology advanced through our program will be put into commercialization," said Rick Jarman, Lockheed Martin official, in a statement. "The Fortis exoskeleton contract is just another example of how collaboration around research and development speeds the time to market for these important innovations."
The suit is currently being tested in Navy shipyards and could become something for the private sector, with a unique ability to allow wearers to carry heavy amounts of weight. Leg braces and a back prace that goes over the shoulders help provide stability, using lightweight composites to not overburden the wearer.
Boutique PC gaming company Digital Storm unveiled the Bolt II Battle Box Titan Z Special Edition, a small form factor (SFF) system that is liquid cooled and meets the NVIDIA GeForce GTX Battle Box standard.
The Bolt II Battle Box Titan Z Special Edition from Digital Storm is now available for less than $5,000. The system currently includes an overclocked Intel Core i7 4790K CPU, NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan Z 12GB GPU, ASUS Maximus VI Impact motherboard, 16GB DDR3 and a 700W PSU, liquid cooling, and runs Microsoft Windows 8.1 64-bit.
"NVIDIA launched the GTX Battle Box Program to allow gamers to play AAA, combat-focused games at max settings and super high resolutions," said Harjit Chana, Digital Storm Chief Brand Officer, in a statement. "But gaming in 4K requires much more than simply upgrading components. Our Hardline Cooling System allows gamers to unlock the Bolt II's full potential and experience games in ways they never thought possible."
California Governor Jerry Brown recently signed a bill making California the first state requiring smartphone kill switches enabled on new smartphones. Politicians and law enforcement hope the kill switch will help reduce the number of robberies and thefts related to smartphones, especially in metropolitan areas throughout the state. The law goes into effect after July 1, 2015.
A kill switch law was approved in Minnesota, but the California bill was different because the kill switch has to ship on mobile devices already enabled. Consumers have the choice to disable it if they choose they don't want it anymore. If the phone is stolen, the kill switch will render the device useless until a PIN or correct password is entered on the device.
"California has just put smartphone thieves on notice," said Mark Leno (D - San Francisco), bill creator. "Our efforts will effectively wipe out the incentive to steal smartphones and curb this crime of convenience, which is fueling street crime and violence within our communities."
There has been a decrease in consumer confidence when it comes to online financial transaction security, as we've all seen a large number of point-of-sale (POS) data breaches in the past year. Forty-nine percent of survey respondents said they felt vulnerable when shopping online, with 42 percent saying they would use online payment more if they were better protected, according to security firm Kaspersky Lab and B2B International.
Consumers are becoming more aware of online threats, and cyber fraud detection is an important consideration for shoppers. However, users are still not doing a good job of protecting themselves, but 60 percent of survey respondents said it's up to banks and shops alike to ensure payment information is kept secure.
"Many users still feel safer paying cash or using their bank card at a physical point-of-sale, rather than purchasing online with their computer or mobile device, and this reluctance hampers the development of the online payment market," said Ross Hogan, Kaspersky Lab global head of fraud prevention, in a press statement. "To encourage people to start using electronic payment services more actively, banks, online stores and e-pay systems need to reassure users that they are safe from cyber fraudsters."